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Gendered ResistanceWomen, Slavery, and the Legacy of Margaret Garner$
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Mary E. Frederickson and Delores M. Walters

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037900

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037900.001.0001

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Resurrecting Chica da Silva

Resurrecting Chica da Silva

Gender, Race, and Nation in Brazilian Popular Culture

(p.171) Chapter 8 Resurrecting Chica da Silva
Gendered Resistance

Raquel L. de Souza

University of Illinois Press

This chapter details the resistance of Chica da Silva. Chica was an enslaved woman born in eighteenth-century Brazil who obtained manumission and socioeconomic ascendance through her involvement with a very wealthy Portuguese man who was sent to the interior of the State of Minas Gerais to oversee the exploration of diamond mines. Chica guaranteed her survival and the well-being of her offspring through her association with the diamond contractor. Faced with few alternatives for economic stability, her association with a “benefactor” might still be interpreted as a choice to commodify her body. However, Chica's resistance to subjugation warrants a more complex assessment.

Keywords:   Chica da Silva, Brazil, economic stability, socioeconomic ascendance, body commodification, subjugation

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